Chicken karahi, often known as Kadai chicken, is a chicken dish from the Indian subcontinent. It is known for its spicy flavour and is popular in North Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The Pakistani version lacks peppers and onions, but the North Indian version has capsicum and onions.

What is Chicken Karahi?

Karahi originates in Pakistan. It is prepared on a karahi pan, as you might expect, and is famed for its deep tomato base with aromatic finishes of spices, ginger, and peppers.

What does karahi taste like?

The taste of chicken karahi masala (sauce) is mainly derived from garlic, ginger, and red chillies. This meal has a lot of warming spices, as well as chillies. But it doesn’t have to be scorching. Choose your chilli based on how hot you want it.


¼ cup ghee

1 ½ lbs boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2″ chunks

1 cup yellow onion, diced

3 tablespoons minced ginger

2 tablespoons garlic cloves, minced

1-2 whole Thai green chilis

3 cups Roma tomatoes, diced

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

¼ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

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